Looking for a great trail in Payette National Forest, Idaho? AllTrails has 58 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 33 moderate trails in Payette National Forest ranging from 1.3 to 92.3 miles and from 2,158 to 8,681 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hot springs

snowshoeing

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hiking
6 days ago

We went in October and there was snow a good portion of the way covering the trail but it was pretty well packed down from previous hikers. Was slick in a few spots. The trail is very well marked to the lake. Beautiful area and gorgeous lake. Would definitely do this one again.

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snow
7 days ago

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8 days ago

We went in October at the first snow and right off the bat there was a creek that we had to balance on a log to get across, very exciting but my family didn’t enjoy it too much. It was very steep and slippery and seemed to go on forever up hill, still I very much enjoyed this and would love to do that again

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8 days ago

Hard climb but the views are worth it.

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8 days ago

Great trail, little snow but no need for boots yet. Waterfall is beautiful, easy hike.

Really pretty but covered in snow and ice right now we couldn’t make it all the well around

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13 days ago

Beautiful fall day - downhill to the falls and mostly uphill back to the parking lot. Scramble a bit to the bottom of the falls - but it’s doable! Great waterfall and the water is clear, probably a wonderful swimming spot in the summer!

Loved this trail. Lost it for a bit in the middle between the bigger hills. It’s impossible to miss the hot springs, just keep going. It’s a beautiful 2.5 ish walk to the hot springs. Encountered some interesting animals along the way. Great trail for pups! Caught a gorgeous sunset on the way out. Right before the trail ends, crawl up the side of the hill a bit to get a perfect view of the sun going down over the Vally.

Out and back trail, easy to follow. Beautiful views! A little snow!

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21 days ago

Beautiful snowy day. Trail was well maintained and well marked. True moderate trail because of elevation gain.

Great hike. We went counterclockwise and were glad we did. Views were fabulous. Perfect amount of water. I could see it would be more adventurous in the spring. Didn’t see many people.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous trail that leads to an amazing mountain lake. You can continue on to a longer hike around the Boulder Lake Loop. The has some good incline, but definitely doable for any level.

This was an amazing trail! Passing by gorgeous lakes and creek and the trail was lightly maintained making it less populated than other ones I’ve been on. There was a lot of shade and places for water for my four legged friend

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1 month ago

Great hike in mid September. We went clockwise. I think next time I would go along the river both ways. Not a difficult hike just long. Didn't bother with going to the bomber.

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1 month ago

Lots of trees kept it well shaded. It’s downhill the whole way there, so a climb all the way back. Not too challenging and some nice views. Would hike again.

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1 month ago

Awesome hike when staying in Last Chance campground! The waterfall is absolutely beautiful, and offers gorgeous views over the bridge. You can either start at the top of the trail and hike back up to the parking lot, or start in Last Chance campground, then turn around once you reach the waterfall. If your hiking with a group that wants to split up, some can complete the trail while others turn back for the car. It's not a loop, but it does have starting and ending points in accessible locations.

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1 month ago

Look for Rd 316 about 2 miles before the turn to Burgdorf hot springs. The road to the trail head is rocky and not suitable for passenger cars. The hike though was beautiful. No trail signs either, but it was a popular trail. The lake is very pretty, but the fishing was disappointing.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful little hike. I took my two boys... 7 and 9 years old and they did great! A little rocky and steep in some areas but overall very easy. The lake is great! There is a rock island that you can walk through the lake to. You can jump off the rocks and it’s a ton of fun! The water is deep enough and clear all the way to the bottom! Super peaceful and not busy at all.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

We backpacked to Boulder Lake with our 3 and 5 year old. They hiked the whole way. Trail was fun with many great things to look at including a small waterfall. The trees were great not burned! and most of the hike was shaded. The kids loved the big Bouldera and ended up jumping in the lake when we arrived. We camped to the right of Boulder Lake. The hike from the Boulder Trail head was less than 3 miles each way.

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1 month ago

The beginning of the trail is very steep and back and forth. The trail says hard and it really means it. However, along the hike you have AMAZING views and camping by the lake was completely worth it!! I would highly recommend this trail. Just be prepared to get a killer workout in

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1 month ago

The first 20 minutes is a nice workout but still very manageable. I did this as a day hike and it was quicker than I imagined — about a 2 hour mostly uphill hike in and 1 hour 15 minute mostly downhill hike out. Stellar views, only a few people, and lots of great camping spots at the lake and 15 minutes before the lake. I would rate this hike as moderate (although keep in mind I only had a few pounds in my bag).

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1 month ago

We loved this hike! Lots of shade on the trails, beautiful views and the waterfall is impressive, especially if you keep hiking past the bridge. The fall colors are starting to show and the weather is perfect. Highly recommend!

great day on atvs to mine.

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rocky
1 month ago

This was an all around good trail easy in, harder out. Not very toddler friendly with a steep grade on one side of the trail the whole way. Our 3 year old walked the first .25 mile then had to be strapped into our osprey carrier. Still a fun relatively easy hike not quite the 3 miles it said but close. You get to see the falls from a couple of different angles and the trail connects to some others towards the end. We are excited to explore more in the area.

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no shade
1 month ago

It is moderately difficult at most. Not bad even with a fairly heavy pack for camping. I did it mid-week and didn’t see another hiker even though there were lots of cars at the trailhead (they must’ve been on the Grass Mountain Lakes trail). Not a lot of shade so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. I was also glad to have mosquito repellent. There is a very nice camp site by the lake. Al coyote started howling from across the lake in the evening after I got camp set up. Lots of fish hitting the surface but I had a spinning rod along (barbless jigs) but you really need a fly rod and flies.

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1 month ago

I hiked to Boulder lake first which is a O&B Trail we take lots of friends on. From Boulder Meadows Reservoir the trail to Boulder Lake is a Climb but we have a 6yr who can make it. (Don’t miss the big rock overlook half way up it’s great for photos) Once you get to the Boulder Lake Cross the creek to the south of the rocky levy. (The bridge is gone but you can cross by the levy valve.) Follow the trail on the south side of the lake there are tons of campsites along the way. At the south east end of the lake keep an eye out for a trail junction on your right heading up hill. (There is a rock pile marking it) The trail leading to Louie Lake isn’t marked with signage but it is easy to find. (This trail is a steady climb south west up the ridge without any switch backs) Once you ridge out the trail down to Louie Lake is a steady decent with rocky switch backs. Once you get to Louie lake follow the trail to the North end of the lake and follow the wide,rocky, and dusty OHV trail down. Once this OHV trail turns into a basalt rock road it’s a short walk to the Boulder Meadow Reservoir connector trail. (Someone painted trees

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no shade
1 month ago

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